It is a known fact that at the tender age of 18 you pack your things and hope for the best. Going back home would be a sign of complete and utter failure. This tradition does not resonate with the Mexican people, including Mexican Americans. We don’t get kicked out because we are legally adults. We get kicked out for things we should get kicked out for; drugs, alcohol abuse, secret guests who only visit at night, impregnation, or bringing home a Salvadorian. That last one may have been a joke, but the rest are pretty good reasons for parents to decide enough is enough. Besides free rent and home cooked meals, it is our mother’s that keep us coming back. Some of us may not have a lot, but what we do have a lot of is love for our mom’s.
As I’ve grown older and have met different people from a multitude of backgrounds, I have come to the conclusion that in comparison, Latino’s seem very attached to their families. Of course, everyone’s situation is different, and I’m not attempting to feed in to or create a stereotype, but it is something I have experienced firsthand. We seem to hold our mother’s in as high regard as the
Virgin of Guadalupe; our other mother who watches over us and protects us at all times. Both women praised, each with their own day dedicated for only them.
So what does ‘hija de tu madre’ mean?
Imagine hearing your mother scream ‘hija de tu madre’ every time you did a bad thing, accompanied by bulging eyes and a million and one hand gestures. Those of us who made it, I’m glad we all stayed strong. Those who did not, it’s probably because you put your hand in between your flesh and the chancla. Never. Resist.
The literal translation of ‘hija de tu madre’ is daughter of your mother, but in Spanish it’s just another way of saying ‘I can’t believe you, just you wait’, very aggressively. Being a Mexican in America, I’ve been accustomed to celebrating Mother’s Day on the second Sunday in May just like the rest of the gringos. But to my surprise, most of Latin America also celebrates their mother’s on the second Sunday in May. Countries like Guatemala, El Salvador, and Mexico are the only ones with the set date of May 10th.
Then there are those oddballs who are so different from the rest of Latin America.
Paraguay – May 15
Bolivia – May 27
Dominican Republic – last Sunday in May
Nicaragua – May 30
Costa Rica – August 15
Argentina – 3rd Sunday in October
Panama – December 8